‘Sponsored schemes to help achieve the target’
SAMBA: For the welfare of farming community and to double farmers’ income by year 2022, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Monday exhorted upon department officers to intensify facilitating efforts and to work in targeted mode.
The minister said this after jointly inaugurating one-day exhibition-cum-kisan mela here on Monday with Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Prakash Ganga.
The exhibition-cum-kissan mela was organised by agriculture department Samba under “Support to State Extension Reforms Mission on Agriculture Extension” (ATMA) with the active participation of agriculture and other allied departments. The mela saw participation by more than 1000 farmers, read an official handout.
Stressing on the importance of such events, Hanjura said that these events “play a major role in sensitising farmers” about new technologies, high yielding variety of seeds and other innovations being introduced in the sector besides providing better market exposure to the agriculture produce of the state.
The minister said the government was making all efforts for sustained growth of agriculture sector by introducing several innovative measures to enable farmers to get maximum returns from their land.
Hanjura stressed upon the officers to “ensure effective implementation of government sponsored schemes” meant for socio-economic transformation of farmer’s community. “This will help in achieving the target of doubling the income of farmers by 2022”, he asserted.
He maintained that agricultural marketing reforms were being worked out and that stress was being laid on farmer-producer organisations for value addition and increasing farmer’s income.
The minster asserted that more such melas would be organised at block and panchayat levels “to apprise the farmers about latest techniques” being used in farming sector.
Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga said that these initiatives would help the farming community to get aware about the new agri-technology that was available at their door step.
He asked institutions like SUKAST to ensure that the farmers were “consistently apprised on new researches, technologies” being developed by state agriculture scientists, so that they could “utilise these in their farms and increase their productivity”, the handout added.